Monday, January 22, 2007

Write-Away Contest Winner

Thanks to all those who entered the contest. Thanks also to Kathryn from Daring Young Mom who was the guest judge. Doing a blind taste test on 34 entries--and she did read them without knowing who'd written them--was no small matter, I think she's going to need therapy after all the posts I've thrown at her.

The winner is: Nicole at Subarctic Mama

Nicole lives 358 miles north of me in Fairbanks, Alaska with her two children Cedar and Coral. She blogs about her community, her children, the wildlife, you name it. Her post, Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, deserves a visit.

Runners-Up (or is it Runner-Ups?)
Turning Dreams into Goals by Robert Hruzek at Middle Zone Musings
Goal-setting by Zeus at The Zeus Excuse

Honorable Mentions
5 Surefire Steps to Beating Defeating Thinking by Rory at Hamelife
Girl's Day Out from Becca at Mission of Motherhood

I think if I had 34 plates to give out Kathryn would have awarded each of you your own Valuable Prize--she's that nice.

Here is a complete list of entries in the order they were received:

My Resolutions for a Happier and More Successful 2007 by An Ordinary Mom

Looking Toward 2007 to Turn over A New Leaf by Lisa at Confessions of a Stressed out Mom

In Less Than 12 Hours Reality Strikes by Lisa at Confessions of a Stressed out Mom

To Do List-The Master Copy by Brandie at You Never Know

Goal Setting Time by Julie at

EOY 2006 Goal Assessment byJulie at

Sorta Kinda Not Really A Resolution on a Day That Is Close to, But Not Actually on, New Year's by Jeanna at Days to Come

Three Things That Changed My Life in 2006 by Leslie at My Mommy's Place

Conservation Policy by Sheila at This and That

Baby Signs by Sheila at The Joy of My Life and Other Things

Goal! by Jerusalem at My Little Life

Thirteen Things I Hope to Complete in 2007 by Julie at At My Hearth

5 Surefire Steps to Beating Defeating Thinking by Rory at Hamelife

Girl's Day Out from Becca at Mission of Motherhood

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking by Nicole at Subarctic Mama

Becoming One with My Inner Sociopath and Other Resolutions by Riley at All Rileyed Up

Beauty; NOT Just in the Eye of the Beholder Anymore by Planet Nomad

Resolutions Were Made to Be Broken at I Blog About Nothing

Goals, Goals, Goals by Mark at AOL Journals

Goals . . . Stepping Stones for Your Life by Crunchy Carpets

My "Little" Birthday Wishes by An Ordinary Mom

How about Resolving Not to Resolve? by Cagey at Rancid Raves

The Smaller Picture by The Geekwif

From These Lemons You Get . . . Well Lemons But a Different Tasting Variety by Miscellaneous Adventures of an Aussie Mom

The First Day of the Rest of My Year by Crazy Trace

So What'll Be New in the New Year? by Pete at Great Circle

Turning Dreams into Goals by Robert Hruzek at Middle Zone Musings

Measuring Success by Julie at Thinking About

Goals by Ginger at Stuck on Survive

Why Do I Blog? by Inkling at Imaginative Musings

Goal-setting by Zeus at The Zeus Excuse

Goals by Fracas

How to Enter a Writing Contest by Mental Tessarae

Top 10 Resolutions that I Will Not Feel Bad about Not Keeping by EngTech

Plan on stopping by again for another issue of the Write-Away Contest next month. In the meantime, if you haven't got enough to read, visit An Island Life for the latest edition of the Carnival of Family Life.

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Zeus said...

Congratulations Nicole!

Thanks a lot for hosting the contest. It was a lot of fun, and I hope you do it again soon!

allysha said...

That was a great winning post. Also reaffirming that my muddled mind would have come no where close to it. I hope you have more write-away contests. It's a great idea!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Michelle, thanks for hosting the contest. It was kind of you to motivate us to put on our thinking caps and to sharpen our writing skills!

Also, a big thanks to Kathryn at Daring Young Mom for being the guest judge!

Congratulations Nicole!

I am excited to go read through a lot of remarkable posts ...

Julie said...

Thanks again for hosting the contest. It really got me thinking.

And I loved Nicole's post too. I think Kathryn deserves a plate too for her judging duties.

fracas said...

I've posted links and congrats to Nicole on my site.

Just want to say thanks to Michelle for the inspiration and also to Kathryn for the judging. As a result of my own entry, I received a really nice poem written about me that was posted in reply to my post... so I still feel like a winner!

Good on everyone!

Rory said...

Yay! Honorable Mention!

Oh, and, well done, Nicole (not sulky.)

And thank-you, Michelle. And thanks to Kathryn for reading through all these great entries.

Bob said...

Thanks for hosting this contest, Nicole! As they say, I'm honored to have even been nominated...

Although I'm disappointed I didn't get the plate (it's beautiful!), can you at least fax me the meal that was on it? :-)

Also thanks for taking part in the six-word story contest at the Zone, too!

Lisa said...

Yeay to Nicole.

And I can't wait to start reading some of these links. said...

nice to know about the contest.
keep up the endeavour

Miscellaneous-Mum said...

Congrats to everyone!

Overwhelmed! said...

Excellent choice for the winner of your contest!

Geekwif said...

Thanks for hosting the contest. It was great fun to participate and there were some wonderful entries!

Becca said...

Congratulations, Nicole. I loved your entry.

Thank you, Scribbit and Daring Young Mom! I appreciate the Honorable Mention!